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Earl Wayne McWilliams

October 19, 1919 ~ August 4, 2018 (age 98)
October 19, 1919 – August 4, 2018

Earl Wayne McWilliams went to be with his Lord on August 4, 2018. A time for family to receive friends will be from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Northview Baptist Church in Bryan. Funeral services will be held at the church at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow at Pankey Cemetery in Grimes County, Texas.

Earl was born on October 19, 1919, to Lucie Walker and Joseph Benjamin McWilliams in Atlanta, Texas. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin (Bryan) High School in 1937.

On June 7, 1940, he married Wilma Howard, a marriage that endured for almost 74 years before her death on April 2, 2014 and produced two daughters, Sandra Jo and Barbara Jean.

After working in the construction industry for several years, Earl joined the Houston Fire Department in 1943 and retired as a District Chief after 35 years of service. He was ordained a Deacon at Meadowbrook (Southern) Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and later served churches in Houston, Burnet, and Bryan. He loved the Lord and enjoyed teaching Sunday School and preaching when called upon.

Earl was preceded in death by his parents Joe and Lucie McWilliams, his parents-in-law Castor and Estelle Howard, his brother Judson Harmon McWilliams (Lillian), his sister Jeanetta Luza (Vince), his nephew Billy Earl Courtney, his brother-in-law Harlan Howard (Edith), his brother-in-law Joe Howard, his oldest daughter Sandra Jo McWilliams Gowen, and his beloved wife Wilma Howard McWilliams.

Earl leaves behind his sister-in-law Vivian Howard; nieces Ester Courtney, Janet Howard, Kathy (Bob) Kaiser, Tommie Ann (Bobby) Moore; nephews Dennis Wayne (Jennifer) Howard, Tim (Laura) Howard,
granddaughter Carrie Michelle Medders; and daughter Barbara Jean (Frank) Shaw, along with numerous other friends and relatives.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Memorial Fund at Northview Baptist Church or to the charity of your choice.
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